Opening Day of the 2017 season at Saratoga Race Course saw all-sources handle rise 14.47 percent to of $20,332,051 over the 2016 opening day figures. Paid attendance for Friday’s card was 32,730. Among the day’s highlights was the tour-de-force performance by Hoolie Racing Stable’s Dream It Is (Shackleford), a nine-length winner of the GIII Schuylerville S. Included recent capital improvements at the historic property: technological enhancements, improving the facility’s Wi-Fi capacity; the Saratoga debut of NYRA XP, the new all-in-one Saratoga mobile app; the opening of a newly-revitalized children’s play area, Saratoga Family Zone; and the unveiling of a restored historic paddock mutuel building. Since 2013, the New York Racing Association has invested $29 million in capital improvements at Saratoga Race Course.
“Opening Day at Saratoga Race Course is truly one of the most special days of the year,” said New York Racing Association CEO and President Chris Kay. “We are very pleased to welcome back the greatest fans in the world with new cutting-edge technology and outstanding capital improvements that will continue to enhance the guest experience. We look forward to a great summer meet that, as always, features the best owners, trainers, jockeys and horses in the sport.”
NYRA’s flagship broadcast show “Saratoga Live,” presented by Claiborne Farm with supporting sponsorship from Gallery Racing and Team Runhappy, returned for its second season. The program will be broadcast to an expanded audience of 75 million households nearly every day of the meet from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports Prime Ticket, FOX Sports San Diego, and FOX Sports Ohio, MSG+, and Altitude Sports.
Sunday will offer fans the first giveaway of the season–a red and white Saratoga baseball cap–presented by Saratoga Casino Hotel. Today’s action will also feature the 26th annual Hat Contest, presented by Hat Sationa! by DEI.